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Professor Malcolm Lader OBE, 1936-2020

Professor Malcolm Lader OBE died on 7 August 2020 following a short illness. Professor Lader was a leader in addictions research with a focus on psychopharmacology. He became world renowned for his research on benzodiazepines when they were being promoted as a harm-free alternative to barbiturates. His work on dependence and withdrawal from benzodiazepine drugs
Alcohol
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Prescription of alcohol in emergency homeless hotel accommodation during the COVID-19 lockdown

by Dr Emmert Roberts and Dr Emily Finch During the COVID-19 lockdown in London, a number of people experiencing rough sleeping were temporarily housed in emergency hotel accommodation across the capital. As part of the city-wide substance misuse approach, individuals at risk of unplanned alcohol withdrawal were prescribed, provided with and purchased alcohol as a
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‘PhD Addicted to Research’ podcast launched

From Wednesday 30 October, we are launching a new podcast series ‘PhD: Addicted to Research’. The podcast is recorded and produced by SSA funded PhD students and covers all aspects of completing a PhD, from getting funding to passing the final viva. It is a valuable resource for anyone considering PhD study, for current PhD
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COVID-19 links and updates

We have continued to collect resources on COVID-19 and addiction as they emerge and have now updated our pages on News & Opinion, Research, Briefings and Evidence, and Webinars Podcasts and Online Discussions. Our understanding of COVID-19 and its implications has developed substantially since the pandemic first appeared.  We aim to maintain a record of
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Hong Kong’s first cannabidiol (CBD) café

The first cannabidiol (CBD) café is due to open in Hong Kong in October 2020. The café will sell a range of CBD products including CBD-infused drinks and CBD oils. Customers are expected to include parents of children with epilepsy or cerebral palsy and people who have difficulty sleeping. Products containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) remain illegal
Drugs
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Flashback Friday: Stephen Pilling on Contingency management

It’s Friday again. This week we’re heading back to last year’s SSA conference to hear Professor Stephen Pilling summarise the research on contingency management. From incentives to complete hepatitis B vaccination, to incentives to attend addiction treatment and to reduce drug use. This week I attended the SRNT-E online conference and was reminded how energising
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World Health Organisation (WHO) funds smoking cessation initiative in Jordan

Jordan has become the first country to receive funding and assistance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help reduce smoking prevalence. Jordan has the world’s highest smoking prevalence, with more than 8 in 10 Jordanian men estimated to be daily smokers. The new smoking cessation scheme will provide smokers with access to Nicotine Replacement

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